National Grid unveil plans for Amherst substation

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – In Amherst, National Grid is making a major investment to keep power flowing to homes.

Company officials unveiled plans Friday for a new $16 million electric substation at their Frankhauser Road site.

National Grid believes the new station will increase capacity and improve reliability throughout the town by providing relief for other substations that are already running at or near maximum.

“This allows for better switching so that it enhances the ability to responding to outages and our customers’ needs for more established power. It’s really an attempt to broaden our reliability and ensure high service quality,” said Dennis Elsenbech, Regional Executive of National Grid.

The new station is expected to be in service by August of next year. This will be their 10th station in operation in Amherst. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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